Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Got a sling.

No, not the kind you throw rocks with.

I've been on the look out for a single point sling for my M&P15 for a while. I actually bought one but had already purchased a (more expensive) sling attachment point that it would not work with. I ended up selling the sling on eBay for a loss. Oh, the joys of buying online.

Having a little extra money this week I decided to swing into the Birmingham areas newest gun shop, Hoover Tactical Firearms. I've been in there a few times and they have some really nice stuff. Anyway, I figure if you have the word 'tactical' in your store name then you must carry single point slings.

Sure enough, I was right. I walked out with this one from Condor. It was only $30, cheaper than the ones I was looking at online, and was exactly what I was looking for in a sling.

I also picked up a PMAG, cause you can never have enough of those things. As I was checking out I noticed they also sell Wilson Combat 1911 magazines, and they're cheaper than I can get them online as well. That place is fast becoming my favorite gun shop.

I finally got a sling!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sad story, and absent from the American media.

An Afghan soldier has shot and killed a member of the US army and wounded two Italian troops at a base in western Afghanistan.

The soldier died of his wounds on Tuesday after the shooting during a supply operation in Bala Murghab in Badghis province at about 1130am (0700GMT), security officials said.

"An Isaf service member from the United States died following a shooting today in western Afghanistan," Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said in a statement.

"Isaf is working with its Afghan partners to investigate the incident.

"The soldier who opened fire was also wounded during the response from Isaf soldiers and the Afghan army who were at the scene. He was arrested immediately and is now under observation in the camp hospital."

The pair of Italian soldiers suffered only minor injuries and have returned to duty, an Italian military spokesman said.

Motive unclear

An Isaf spokesman said it was not clear whether the incident occured by accident or with intent.

The Afghan soldier is from an area north of Kabul, the capital, and is thought to have mental problems.

In November, an Afghan policeman killed five British soldiers in the south of the country.

The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Barack Obama, the US president, has committed to increasing troop numbers in Afghanistan, with an emphasis on training local security forces.

Italy is one of more than 40 Nato countries with soldiers in Afghanistan to fight with Afghan forces against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Nato has been in Afghanistan following the US and UK's invasion of the country in 2001, to remove the Taliban, accused of harbouring al-Qaeda operatives, from power.

A letter to the editor that I wish I would have written.

Frank W. James has posted a 'letter to the editor' he wrote in response to a question he recieved in an email from a local paper regarding airline security.

Saving the world ain't easy.

After accomplishing glorious feats for the human race and bringing about the Golden Age The Savior of Mankind is taking a(nother) vacation.

Mayors Against Guns has a plan.

I think MAIG's goal is quite clear and always has been... guns should be illegal. Sure, you've got the pandering exception of 'sporting guns,' another made up term with no clear definition that if accepted as the standard can easily be redefined down to BB guns.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wonderful.

I just love having a Commander In Chief who approaches the problem of an evil government brutally suppressing it's citizens' liberties the same way some moronic parents approach disciplining a misbehaving child, by asking that they "please don't do that anymore."

How about a good slap instead? How about being that bigger guy in the school hallway who takes that asshole who preys on the smallest kids he can find and stuff his ass in a locker for once?

In other news...

Security at airports is just as effective at stopping terrorists from boarding planes as ever, that is to say a complete fucking disaster.

And of course the solution is more ineffective 'security.' I intend to continue not flying. I love to fly, but the security measures that are in place, and that continue to be added to, don't work and never will; therefore, they're not worth the trouble of putting up with. If it weren't for a bad detonator and a pissed off Dutchman (who damned well better never pay a bar tab in the US) we would once again be mourning our loss because some soul less bastard with daddy issues thinks he'll be rewarded for his murder of random strangers.

My rule for a few years has been "If my gun is unwelcome, then so am I." I see no reason to change it. Driving is a more comfortable way to travel anyway.

Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets!

Obama's new executive order annoys me to no end. I don't mind INTERPOL operating in the US. They're cops and, hopefully, tend to go after bad guys. But if they're operating here they need to follow our rules. They do not need immunity to go after criminals.

INTERPOL has the potential to be a great organization, but it also has the potential to become a very bad one (If Wiki can be trusted it was for a time controlled by the Nazis). Everyone wants to see the bad guys go down and I fully support any effort to do that so long as it doesn't infringe upon individuals' liberty. Removing INTERPOL from scrutiny and oversight by US authorities allows for a lot of potential abuse of liberty.

I'd like to believe in the goodness of this organization, but it's current and former Secretary Generals are not men I'd place my trust in, the latter being a man who was forced to resign after being charged as a criminal in his home country. Forgive me if I find it all to easy to see INTERPOL agents used to further the UN's anti-gun agenda. It's a slippery slope I'd just as soon stay the he'll away from, considering I see the US as already having far too many overly burdensome 'law enforcement' organizations (BATFE...cough...cough).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jonesing.

I just finished up Larry Correia's first book, Monster Hunter International.

Let me just say that it was a great ride. The gun details, the action, the humor, everything was great. It was a real treat and now I find myself eagerly awaiting the sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta. It looks like I'll be waiting until Fall 2010.

Man disarms goblin and foils attack.

A robber was shot Saturday in Florence after one of his intended victims wrestled his gun away from him, the TimesDaily in Florence reports.

Two men had been approached by a man wearing a bandanna over his face, the newspaper reports. Police were interviewing a man who was treated for a gunshot wound on Saturday.


Good job on the part of the victim who would not be, though I'd say this should wake one up to the fact that carrying a weapon oneself might be a good idea.

Friday, December 25, 2009

On The Range #6: Thumb Break Method

I'm fairly new to carbine handling, and I'm kind of learning things as I go. I'm looking into taking some classes, but that could be months down the road and I'm not going to wait around in the meantime.

Just for the record, I own and shoot an Smith&Wesson M&P15t. I've mounted a vertical foregrip and an offset flashlight mount. Reading a reveiw of Magpul's AFG I came across the "thumb break method" in the comments section. It is supposed to be a more natural forward grip than the typical verticle grip. Unaware of what this was I asked for some details and got this article along with a few pictures to demonstrate:





It was clear that I was 'doing it wrong':



So, always willing to try something new, I moved my vertical grip as far forward as I could and did a little shooting this morning just to see how it felt.



I did find this to be a more comfortable way to use the vertical foregrip. However, my flashlight got in the way. With gloves off I didn't really have any problems, but with gloves on it was difficult to use this grip. My solution was to turn my flashlight mount upside down and push the flashlight all the way forward in the mount so that it is as far out of the way as possible.



I'm going to take it out tomorrow and do some more shooting to see how this helps. So far it seems to offer a better grip, but we'll see. Hopefully I'll get to do a lot more shooting tomorrow at varying distances as well.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Working on Christmas Eve sucks, but...

I get paid for a full day no matter when I complete the job, and I'm able to horde my vacation days until I want to use them.

Besides, I still have two three day weekends coming back to back starting this weekend, and there is ove 3 pounds of filet mignon marinating at home for a gunnut get together this weekend.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bad is good.

Sometimes that which is considered 'bad' is actually good.

HT Uncle

Monday, December 21, 2009

On The Range #5: The Bill Drill

Yesterday I did a little shooting. This was the first time I used a shot timer.

For this bit of shooting I did the "Bill Drill" as described here.

The goal of the drill as described is to engage the target with six rounds at 7, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards. I have also read that the goal of the Bill Drill is to put six rounds in the 'A' zone on an IPSC target in 2 seconds or less. I'm no where near that good, and I'm practicing with IDPA targets.

I did the drill according to the IDPA Beginners' Handbook, except rather than the Limited Vickers Count I used the regular Vickers Count in order to see how I performed at each distance so that I can work on improvements as I go.

I used targets I made myself based upon the specifications in the IDPA rulebook.

My scores were as follows (bear in mind this is the first time I have ever done this drill):

7 yards: 7.99 seconds

10 yards: 8.45 seconds

15 yards: 11.12 seconds

20 yards: 16.19 seconds

25 yards: 14.01 seconds.

In each case I had at least one shot outside of the -0(chest) zone. I plan on doing this drill until I can put all six rounds in the -0(chest) zone on the target in under 2 seconds. I'm not sure what my goals should be for the other distances, but we'll see.

I think the next time I do target practice I'm going to devote a good deal of time to the "Bill Drill" at 7 yards. I think it's time I developed a comprehensive practice for myself that incorporates all of the skills I want to work on.

And I thought the Catholics didn't like the Commies.

A priest in Britain is under fire Monday for advising his congregation to shoplift in tough economic times, the Daily Mail reports.


The priest needs to hang with the thieves.

Pisses me off too.

Nothing gets my back up like being told to behave with propriety, to sit down and shut up, as it's not thaaaaaat bad.... Not yet, anyway.

Y'know who makes that argument? The people in charge. They don't give a flip about right or wrong, they just want quiet.


Seen in comments here.

HT to Tam and Uncle

I got my first shot timer!

Have you hugged your iPhone today? If you're a competitive shooter you should.

Last week I took advantage of the free SureFire iPhone AP. It's free to anyone who can download and it's great! I used it yesterday while shooting the 'Bill Drill' (On The Range post following later today).

I got my first shot timer!

Have you hugged your iPhone today? If you're a competitive shooter you should

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Two of my favorite things.

I'm going to make a nice hot breakfast and then get my rear outside for some training with my pistol and carbine.

Might be attending a birthday party later and hanging out with the new girl.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tonight and tomorrow.

Tonight I'm sort of watching the Cowboys game and having a few drinks to celebrate my birthday. The original plan was to go see some stri...I mean exotic dancers, however an Alabama law requires that nipples be covered with pasties and that's just a waste of my time. So.

Tomorrow, after sleeping in, I'm going to do dome shooting and test out the Surefire Shot Timer Ap I downloaded on my iPhone. Hopefully an 'On The Range' post will be forth coming.

Get back in the kitchen.

POULTNEY, Vt. — Green Mountain College student has filed a lawsuit over the lack of single-sex bathrooms in the her co-ed residence hall.

Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Weiler filed a civil complaint last week against the Department of Public Safety, which enforces building and plumbing codes she claims were violated.

All seven of the school's residence halls are co-ed. According to the lawsuit, Weiler and others are uncomfortable with the flimsy curtains on the shower doors and men using the toilets without closing the door.

Weiler's father, Ron Weiler, told The Burlington Free Press that school officials agreed to label the bathroom on her floor "female" but males continue to use it. A college spokesman declined to comment.


Seperate is inherently unequal. I've been saying for years that the key to bringing about equality between the sexes is the end of seperate restrooms. But, hey, I'm one of those radical feminists.

And that's why I also carry pepper spray.

Last night I went out to a bar with some friends. I was celebrating my birthday which passed on the 15th. Knowing that I had every intention of becoming completely sauced I left my carry gun in a safe place and carried my Fox Labs pepper spray.

It was a fun night, even if I did spend a good deal of it getting harassed by a woman who could barely speak English. She dragged me onto the dance floor once and bought me a drink (she was ALSO celebrating her birthday). She was a nice woman though, and I wasn't really bothered by it. All in good fun.

As the night wound down I went to the other side of of the bar to say goodnight to the owner, who I know from frequent attendance in the past. I had to wait around for him to calm down and eject this big (twice my weight but a bit shorter), belligerently drunk redneck type who was mad because he'd been cut off and was being sent home.

My friend, the bartender/owner, arranged a ride for this guy and out he went. I said goodnight to my friend and headed to my buddy's truck outside. He was parked on the other side of the road so I walked across and as I did I see Mr. Pissed-off Drunk 'Neck standing at the edge of the road.

Being in pleasantly buzzing good mood as I passed I said, "Have a goodnight."

He immediately turned to me glaring and slurred, "You got sompin' t' say?"

As I continue to walk toward my friends truck, about twenty feet away, I replied, "Just said, 'have a goodnight.'"

He started to follow me mumbling and glaring. I kept my eyes on him as I made my way to my friends truck and I heard him say, "You got sompin' t' say? You tryin' start somin'? Lookin' fer a fight?"

I kept my eyes on him and reached into my pocket for my pepper spray as I rounded the corner of my friends truck bed. The guy kept closing the distance and mumbling about wanting a fight. I said, "Man, I just said 'have a goodnight.' We're all here to have a good time and I don't want any trouble so you need to step off from me."

Not wanting to turn my back on the guy to get in when I reached the passenger side door I turned and faced Mr. Asshole fully as he rounded the truck bed heading toward me. I started yelling at him to stay away from me but he just kept coming looking bigger and meaner with every step. When he was within six feet of me I raised the can of Fox Labs and sprayed him full in the face. He got a good long burst of it and turned immediately around and headed away from me and the truck not saying a word or looking back.

I got in my friend's truck and told him to drive as I dialed 911. When the operator answered I asked to be connected with the local PD. The connection went through quickly and I explained to the man on the phone what had happened and where I was. He got my name and number and said they'd send a unit to the bar.

My friend and I went to a local all night fast food place to meet some other friends. I had caught a little backwash from the pepper spray so I used one of the Sudecon decontamination wipes I had bought with the spray to get a little relief. I had contacts in and those actually gave my eyes a good deal of protection, but my face was burning.

Anyway, after two calls from the local PD I explained that I didn't really feel the need to file a report. They hadn't found the guy, and I was just happy to have gotten safely away. I said basically I called it in to cover my ass and to let them know about the drunk idiot looking for a fight. I was told, "Sorry this happened, have a good night."

And that was that.

After I got I jumped in the shower, washed my face and hands really well and then pulled out my contacts. The pain that instantly hit me was horrible. I never want to get a face full of Fox Labs like that idiot did!

And now I need a can of pepper spray.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A friend's rant about the rise of gay-dom.

First off, I have nothing against gay people in general. Just main stream gay news. This morning on the radio they said that we now live in gay times, and gays are on the rise. That is fine, well and good, but who really gives a shit if these people are gay or not?

This is your new, typical boy meets girl: boy fucks girl minutes after learning the proper use for a penis and vagina. Boy gets girl pregnant, and out of some misguided sense of honor boy marries girl (IE his parents said, "You are getting fucking married.")

Boy divorces girl minutes after the birth of Junior. The now unwed young mother takes her child everywhere; the nail and hair salon, the womens bathroom, to her girlfriends' houses to talk about boys, etc. They play dress up and fix each others hair and he paints her nails. With no male influence in his life he becomes GAY! No wonder we live in the age of the fag.


Now, I don't necessarily see it going down like this every time, but I'll be damned if it ain't plausible. Obviously the quick counter point is that plenty of boys grow up to be heterosexual men with no father at home.

But that don't make it any less funny!

Got a vampire problem?

Normally I'd recommend MHI (from Larry Corriea's Monster Hunter International), but in Indiana they've got it covered.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Who needs guns?

Certainly not any self respecting drug cartel executioner.

Idiot parents.

If you own guns you should probably not hide a loaded one behind the frickin' Christmas tree for your kid to find while shaking presents.

And seriously, why the hell doesn't your 12 year old know enough about guns to keep from shooting himself in the leg? I mean, damn, I had my own .22 that I kept in my bedroom, secured with a gun lock (my idea!), and the ammo in a seperate place (again, my idea!). I just don't get it. Was I that much smarter, or did my grandfather manage to beat enough common sense in me to do some good before he nose dived into a bottle?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

It's my birthday!

And I'm not doing much of anything. Most of my plans are for this weekend when I won't have to be at work early the next morning.

I'm 25 today. A whole quarter of a century old.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Strick gun control works so well!

China, a country with extremely stick gun control laws, along with no protection from unreasonable seach and seizure, would never, ever have something like THIS happen.

It's unpossible.

H/T Sebastian and SayUncle

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Breaking the four rules.

Caleb has a post up about it being sometimes okay to break the four rules. I believe sayuncle also has a post about the issue.

My take on the issue is that it is okay to break the four rules, but only when you absolutely have to. Just like it is okay to shot someone, but only when you absolutely have to.

At first Caleb's post struck me as defending bad gunhandling, but he said in comments that is not the case. He just thinks there are times when following the four rules to the letter is impossible. I agree.

Holiday cheer...heh.

By way of the BayouRenaissanceMan:

Stingray, one half of the Atomicnerds, has done an excellent job of describing why he "loves" this time of year. I completely agree with him.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Graduating from medical school does not make one an expert on guns.

Or math, for that matter. As seen here:

She is quite bad at math. In her own article, she puts forward the statistic showing about 1/3 of Americans own guns. Let’s just assume she’s right. That amounts to 100 million gun owners in the United States. If we include every single gun-related death, including those involving drug dealers shooting other drug dealers, suicides, hunting accidents, self-defense by a police officer or armed citizen…every death caused by someone with a firearm, we get somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000 per year. Let’s add another 20,000 to make the math easier for this slow person. 50,000 deaths out of 100,000,000 amounts to 0.0005 deaths per gun owner, and that is adding 2/3 more deaths than reality (which is a dubious statistic anyway, since the majority of deaths related to firearms are caused by criminals who illegally have and use guns).

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Go read.

Remember that machine gun shooting?

Yeah, so it wasn't a machine gun after all. It was a semi-auto pistol that looked like an uzi. But that doesn't matter because:

At first, police thought the weapon was an Uzi submachine gun, which caused news of the shooting to spread widely online. The gun was later identified as a TEC-9, also known as a DC-9 -- a semi-automatic "assault pistol" that can be converted by owners into an automatic weapon. It looks like a miniature submachine gun, and police described it Sunday as about a foot and a half long. It is not on the legal handgun roster maintained by Maryland State Police.


Note that this gun was not legal to own in Maryland even if the shooter had aquired it legally. Also note that if the gun was really easily 'converted by owners into an automatic weapon' the person who had it would also be facing federal felony charges. I didn't see that mentioned anywhere in the article.

The police spokesman ask how a 19 year old gets a semi-auto pistol. Well, if it's illegal for him to buy it, what does that leave??????

By the way, I'm a gun nut, but what the hell is an 'assault pistol'? I mean, an 'assault rifle' is one which looks like a military rifle. Are we going for the same thing here or is it called and assault pistol just because it's so ugly it's assaulting to the senses?

H/T Say Uncle

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 7, 1941

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Spicy Fried Chicken! Yum!

On The Range #4: 72 Round Practice for 1911

I hadn't shot since my NRA class a while back that was the subject of my last On The Range post. I was really feeling the need to get some practice in. However, ammo prices being the way they are I wanted to get the most out of what I've got and I thought I'd share it.

I shoot a 1911 with an 8 round capacity fully loaded (technically 9 rounds with 2 of my magazine, but I typically don't carry them in the gun because of the protruding end of the magazine). I decided on 72 rounds as the ideal low round live fire practice. That gives me one mag for warm up and 8 for my practice.

After my warm up mag I shot two magazines stong hand hold and then two magazines week hand only. I used the StressFire(TM) Punch technique described in The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery by Massod Ayoob for the one handed shooting. I found it actually works pretty damned well and I'll keep practicing it.

The next two magazines I did straight up two handed shooting in the modern ISO stance. I've switched to a thumbs down grip because it just seems to work better for me (espeically wearing gloves...it was cold today!).

With my last two mags I practiced Mozambique Drills, doing a total of five. I'm actually getting better at this, and I'm going to keep at it.

If you've been keeping up with the rounds you'll see i should have one left over. I did, and I used that to attempt a headshot at around 20 yards. I rushed it and missed. Center mass at distances for me!

Machine gun shooting?

BALTIMORE — One man was shot in the face and another was severely beaten when a fight erupted early Sunday morning during a birthday party at a downtown Baltimore hotel, police said.

Officers were called to the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel around 3:15 a.m., said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Shortly after police arrived, they found an Uzi submachine gun in a room where the party was held.

Police said they have a "person of interest" in custody but did not say who that was. Investigators were still interviewing about a dozen witnesses Sunday morning.

The man who was shot was in serious condition, and the man who was beaten was in critical condition. Both 18-year-olds were taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The second man was beaten so severely that officers initially reported he had been shot, Guglielmi said.

Another man who had facial lacerations initially had been described as critically injured, though Guglielmi said the wounds turned out to be superficial.

None of the victims' names was released.

A man who answered the telephone at the hotel said he could not comment on the shooting.



Call me a skeptic, but I doubts this was a real "Uzi submachine gun." I really wish I could get an up close and personal look at the damned thing.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Good times.

I'm going to watch the SEC Championship game today at a friend's house. It should be an excellent game as it is a match up between the #1 Florida Gators and the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. This game is the REAL NCAA National Championship no matter what happens later.

I'm an Auburn University fan...so I'll be pulling for the Gators! If Alabama pulls it off and wins I'll be pulling for them in the BCS Championship game, cause I got to support the SEC.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Heh.

One of pdb's recent posts on property rights ended, "Remember folks, this land is my land, that land is your land, stay the hell off my land, and I won’t have to bury you in your land."

Too true.

Harry Brown

I really, really want to see this movie!

"The Consitution says promote the general welfare, not provide welfare."

We need more people like Lieutenant Colonel Allen West.

Another reason to hate homeowners' associations.

Taking a non-issue, like flying an American flag from a friggin' flag pole, as it should be, and claiming it is aesthically distasteful is about the quickest way to bring down the condemnation of every honorable person alive. Even more so when the gentleman flying the flag is a veteran of three wars and a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

What is this douchebaggery?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Finally!

I have finally bought myself a copy of Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. I've wanted to get my hands on a copy since I first heard about it but a variety of things put it on hold, the biggest being the local book dealers inability to stock them. I finally broke down and ordered a copy from Amazon.com. I'll be jumping in soon for what should be a great ride.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thoroughly Annoyed.

I attempted to listen to tonights live broadcast of Gun Nuts Radio, 'attempted' being the operative word. For some inexplicable reason the Blogtalk radio website wouldn't open and I could not find an error on my end.

Oh, well. I guess I'll be listening to the podcast as soon as it is available.

'Executed' versus 'Murdered'

Here is an excellent post on the difference.

Monday, November 30, 2009

"...use a golf club. More force to a smaller part of the body."

I'm paraphrasing Gabrielle Anwar's character Fiona in the TV series Burn Notice. She's giving advice to a young man on how to best protect his sister from someone. He had previously used a baseball bat.

I bring this up because I can't get the image of another very attractive woman going after a certain golfer in righteous rage using one his own clubs. Kind of ironic, that.

That's the way I like to start the week.

It's cold and raining. Can you think of a better way to start the week?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I hate Mondays!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A fun night, early morning!

I went out tonight with a group of friends. It was a lot of fun.

First we went and saw the movie Blind Side. It is a great movie! It's based on a true story, which makes it even better. For anyone who likes sports/sports movies (specifically football) this is a great one!

After the movie we went to a 'local' bar called Gabriel's and had some drinks, made fun of the trailer trash, and had an all around good time. It's definitely something I need to do more often.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has had a good one!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

But of course...

This being my last work day of the week Murphy is in fine form wrecking all well made plans. Our goal was to work half a day, but half a day was three hours ago. It looks like we may make it back to the shop without further incident...if we're lucky.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What is wrong with this picture?



Having weapons pointed at your buddies is not a good idea. Just sayin'.

I want one!

So The Firearms Blog has a post up that indicates that the Remington ACR may be available in the next couple of months.

I'll believe it when I see it.

Join the NRA!

Yeah, been meaning to do that. Had a membershipt a while back, but...

No excuses.

Today I signed up again, and opted for the EPL payment plan. I will one day (once all 40 quarterly payments of $25 are made) be a Life Member of the NRA!

Pissy.

I was very annoyed to find out that both my state representative and senator's names were missing from the Amicus brief in support of the petitioner McDonald in McDonald v. Chicago. Both Representative Pat Moore and Senator Scott Beason are Republicans, yet they thought it would be okay to fail to show their support in an amicus brief signed by state legislators.

I did my civic duty and wrote to both questioning their lack of action. I want to know what the hell is going on.

So it was't anti-government radicals?

On behalf of all 'rightwing extremists,' 'anti-government radicals,' and 'people clinging to religion and guns' I demand an apology.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Blah.

Today is a cloudy, overcast, 50 degree kind of day. Oh, and it's a bit windy. Perfect day to be working on a roof, huh?

I just want to go home. Get some Chinese on the way, maybe.

Mmmm. Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I say nay nay.

Last night I went to the Star Dome Comedy Club in Birmingham with a couple of friends of mine to see John Pinette. That is one hilarious man. It was a very good show if you ignored everyone that came before him. If you ever get a chance to see John Pinette live don't pass it up.

I should mention I had completely forgotten about going to this show until my friend called me and asked when I was meeting him. After asking what the hell I was supposed to meet him for he reminded me what we were doing. Oops. I took a quick shower, dressed, and headed out completely unprepared for a late night as I was TIRED. It was worth it though, and I'm about to sack out early to make up for it.

I hope to return to the Star Dome December 26 to see Jeff Dunham. We'll see if Murphy will let that happen.

Tomorrow is Monday.

But Wednesday is Friday. And I will be attending a just for friends Thanksgiving Dinner Wednesday as well. It will probably be my only Thanksgiving, though I am not complaining.

I don't know what I'll be doing with my four day weekend, but if the weather cooperates I may do some serious shooting.

On The Range #3: NRA Basic Pistol First Steps

Yesterday I took my first shooting class, NRA Basic Pistol First Steps. The class was put on by Alabama Training Services, LLC. My goal in taking the class was mainly to get the required prerequisites for further training and to learn any little tidbits I could.

I went into the course kind of expecting it to be a little silly, and I figured it would offer very little to me in the way of knowledge or new skills to practice/hone. Now I feel like a complete ass for that.

I arrived at the Heritage Rifle and Pistol Club where the class took place about thirty minutes early. The instructor arrived shortly after me and I introduced myself and offered to help set up. He accepted and I went about carrying chairs, tables, and large cardboard displays.

After the other two people taking the class arrived we filled out the required forms and then got down to it. The first two hours of the course were 'class room instruction.'

First things first, safety was covered extensively. Safe gun practices and safe gun handling were demonstrated by the instructor, Mark Cubine. He did a really good job of not preaching safety, but of actually explaining why it was so important by giving examples from his own life and relatively current events in the area.

After this we moved on to gun handling. Since all of the students were using automatics we concentrated on that, though the instructor offered to cover revolvers as well if we wished. We were showed proper grip and stance (this particular instructor taught 'modern-ISO' of which I am a fan), and we covered the fundamentals of making a good shoot, including sight picture, trigger control, and follow through. After this we went over to the range.

On the firing line we were given a crash course in range etiquette and rules, and then moved on to dry fire practice from a bench. As we dry fired the instructor went to each of us in turn and corrected our grip until we had that which was best for our particular firearm and individual stature.

I think the most important thing I took away from the shooting portion of the course was learning what to do with my thumbs. It's always been an issue for me and the instructor gave me some tips that helped a lot.

We progressed quickly to live fire practice from a bench rest. We started off loading and firing one round at a time in order to focus on making each shot a good shot. Before long were doing five shot strings and everyone was shooting consistently.

Moving on to standing shooting we reverted back to dry fire with the instructor going from student to student correcting stance and grip. When he was satisfied that we had it we again moved on to live fire practice.

I think all of us progressed to the point that we were able to diagnose our bad shots, which was one of the instructors main goals in that particular class. All of the shooting was done at pretty short ranges as this was mainly to encourage good habits.

I would say that we all did well, two of us shooting far beyond the abilities of the third who obviously had no prior experience with firearms. I would say it was a toss up as to who was better between me and the other experienced shooter. His groups were a bit tighter, but his pistol also had a barrel two inches longer than mine.

Since we had plenty of time the instructor broke out the range's Texas Star. If you have never seen one of the these contraptions I suggest you look at a YouTube video of one being shot. It's a windmill type device with five metal plates on the end of the 'arms.' As each plate is shot and knocked off the arms begin to swing back and forth. Shooting in the wrong sequence can result in a bad spin.

The instructor took on the Texas Star first and showed us how it was done. All shooting at this target was done at 15 yards. He knocked all the plates off, but had a fair number of misses. The first student to shoot was the other experienced shooter. With a fully loaded full-size HK USP he impressed me by also knocking off all the plates. The weakest shooter went next and managed to get two plates off. In my opinion he did well considering his experience.

I went last with 8 rounds in my little compact 1911 with it's three inch barrel. I managed to knock off the first two plates fairly easily, but I struggled with the third. I expended my last couple of rounds attempting a fourth, which I failed to knock off.

I will say this for the Texas Star: it's a bitch, but it's fun! I'd love to have one to shoot at home.

After we put up the Texas Star we went back for a little more classroom instruction. This focused mainly on disassembley and cleaning of our pistols. We covered field stripping, the parts most important to clean, and then moved on the lubrication.

The instructor showed us a variety of lubricants, being partial to white grease (I think I'm a convert to this). He also told us that synthetic motor oil is perfectly acceptable, and at about half the cost of most brands of gun oil. "Do you really think you are putting more stress on your pistol than you are on a car engine?"

I learned a lot. This class did exactly what it is supposed to do. It filled a lot of holes in my firearms knowledge and corrected some of the mistakes I had been making while practicing on my own. I was very impressed with what I got for my $65 fee.

Awash in bittersweet memories.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It was great!

My first firearms class was great! I will have details later.

Tragedy, indeed.

The Bayou Renaissance Man has a post up about a father who executed his 15 year old son after the son admitted to sexually molesting his 3 year old sister.

Peter says that this is a tragedy. It is. He also says, "I can understand the father's anger, but even so, that's adding evil to evil." I have to disagree with that, and you can see what I said in the comments there.

In a nutshell I don't thing the legal system can contribute anything to this situation. It certainly won't be bringing about any justice. The father did that by killing an evil person, his own son or not. The only justice I could see coming from the legal process at this point would be jury nullification in the father's criminal trial.

Friday, November 20, 2009

NRA First Steps Pistol class tomorrow.

Tomorrow at 10:00AM I will be starting my first formal firearms training with an NRA First Steps class. I'm not particularly excited about it, but I'm going into it with an open mind. I want to take more firearms classes but they all require this one first so I'm going to get it out of the way. I'll be sure to do an "On The Range" post about it tomorrow.

Wow. Talk about delay.

About 19 months ago I was living with an ex-girlfriend. When our lease was up we moved to seperate places shortly before breaking up. When we moved in together we had borrowed her mother's grill (since her mom didn't have any place to keep it anyway). For about three years I've had that grill.

I haven't used the thing in over a year, when she first asked me about coming to get it and I told her, "Anytime." I don't even think I have a tank for it anymore.

She also wants some electronic equipment that I had, some of which I have and some of which I already gave back to her.

I really hope this doesn't turn into drama.

Shooting to Stop Vs. Shooting to Kill

This particular debate is going on here.

I have not contributed to the debate on The Firing Line, mainly because just about everything I would say has been said. But I will say it here.

In my opinion this debate is pointless.

Shooting someone is using deadly force. Deadly force kills, hence 'deadly' (not always, but often enough that it is assumed that it probably will...that's why they use the word 'deadly').

If I'm using deadly force it will be in self-defense (according to the Alabama State Code, or the legal code where I am at the time it happens). If I am forced to that I won't care whether or not the person I am using deadly force against dies. I won't care if I kill them. It won't bother me a damned bit*. I'll sleep fine**.

If you shoot a person you're probably going to kill them. It doesn't matter if you don't want to kill them. They're probably going to die, and if they do that means you have killed. If you can't deal with the fact that shooting usually equals killing then you should not be carrying a gun for self defense.




*Unless, of course, the legal authorities decide that I didn't act in self-defense. That is a bridge I'll have to cross IF that ever happens, but I can say now that if it does the legal authorities will be wrong otherwise I would never have claimed it was self-defense in the first place.
**See '*' above.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yum.

I made a pot of chili tonight, and it made a wonderful dinner. There is nothing better to eat in cold weather than a steaming bowl of spicy chili with a side of grilled cheese sandwhiches! Oh, and icy cold
Full Moon beer to wash it down.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The cold is upon me.

Or cold for Alabama. I'm looking forward to it though. I sat outside next to a fire for a little while, but had too much to do so I came in. I'll be making use of the mounds of wood I've got lying around here on some winter weekends for a little outdoors enjoyment soon though. Hopefully with company.

Hilarious!

This is awesome.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

There are times I love living in a Alabama.

And there are times when I just have to shake my head at the dumbassery that goes on around here.

You know, there are really better thing for LEOs to be doing than worrying about how much skin is being shown in a place you go to see skin. I realize 'they're just doing their jobs,' but that's never really been a valid excuse for doing something stupid.

Please, please, give me a good libertarian candidate to vote for the next time I get to participate in an election.

Tired.

Work wasn't too bad today. In fact, it was actually easy except for having to re-do something because of another person's laziness and stupidity. I don't mind manual labor, but I despise doing the same manual labor twice because someone else screwed up.

After work I shipped an item I'd sold on eBay, then came home to a hot shower before zipping off to a frieds to eat Chinese food and watch the new Star Trek. I feel the same way about the movie as I did when I saw it in theaters: Good movie, but not a good "Star Trek" movie. Just my humble opinion. I probably won't be buying it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Made my first ebay sale.

I made my first eBay sale today. I had to get rid of a brand new single point sling I'd bought because it would not fit the sling mount on my rifle. It was a major disappointment. I actually lost a little bit on the sale, but it's better than nothing.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Maker of the AK-47 not going bankrupt afterall.

I linked a story here a while back that reported that the company that manufactures the AK-47 was going bankrupt.

Doing a little reading on The Firearms Blog today I saw that the report was wrong.

What does an anti-gun Senator do when two men break into his home?

Why, he grabs a gun, of course!

TABOR CITY, N.C. — A sheriff says a North Carolina state senator shot one of two intruders at his home and hospital officials say the man is in fair condition.

Multiple media outlets reported that Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said that 74-year-old Sen. R.C. Soles of Tabor City shot Kyle Blackburn late Sunday afternoon.

A spokeswoman at Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina said Monday that Blackburn was in fair condition.

Batten says the shooting occurred when two men went to the senator’s house and tried to kick in his front door. No charges have been filed.

The sheriff’s office said the State Bureau of Investigation was handling the case. A call to an agency spokeswoman was not immediately returned. There was no answer at a number listed for Soles’ home.

The Democrat has been in the Senate 32 years.


This is old news, but I'm just now hearing about it. And I bet it didn't make national headlines (since I tend to pay attention to those, especially the ones related to guns). I really hate hypocrites.

On The Range #2: Testing Pow'R Ball

As I said in an earlier post I did a little shooting today. The result of that will be two On The Range entries. This is the first.

I've been slowly but surely working my way through most of the defensive ammunition out there for .45 Auto. So far the best has been Hornady TAP. I'm in love with that stuff, but I'm also not above finding something better if it's available.

Soo, a couple of weeks ago I picked up a box of Pow'R Ball 165gr. +P ammunition from Hoover Tactical Firearms. I've been interested in this stuff for a while. It's got a hollow point bullet with a polymer ball inside that is supposed to help feeding and penetration through heavy clothing and glass.

I did all of my shooting at 10 yards with my Kimber Ultra Raptor II, and shot six groups of three at center mass and then finished off the final two rounds by doing a couple of head shots.

My best groups averaged out at around 2.5 inches. My best group was 1.5 inches. I had some really bad groups, but those were more the result of bad trigger control than anything else. Trigger control is something that I'm working on, but I'm getting better at it. Anyway.

I had one Failure To Feed after shooting 12 rounds. Now, this is NOT good. A failure is never good. But I also have to say that I've never NOT had one with a defensive ammunition in a 1911 pistol. They're rare, but they do happen. I've even had them happen with hardball target ammo. I've had them happen with good magazines (factory and Wilson Combat) and I've had them happen no matter how I'm holding the pistol.

Lastly, I did two head shots. The first was about 2 inches low, and the other went in the head of the target about the place where a chin would be. I could do better.

All in all, I like this round, and I may start carrying it in my pistol.

My head hurts, but...

I had a pretty good day. I slept in a late, and then had an awesome home cooked breakfast. Yes, cooked by me, because I am awesome like that.

I also did a little shooting this afternoon. It was nice to pop off a few rounds after the major bummer at the IDPA match yesterday. I'll be riding more about it in two On The Range articles.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My first time shooting IDPA = FAIL

I woke up bright and early. My stomach was doing loops with nerves, but I was also excited. I was going to shoot in my first IDPA match this morning.

Or so I thought.

I arrived at the range and had some trouble finding my way around. Next time at least I'll know where to go. A few more signs directing traffic would be a good idea, but I digress.

Anyway, I went to the sign up table and told the man there I wanted to sign up for the match. He handed me a packet and told me to fill out the form inside and then give it to him with my $80 entrance fee.

"$80?" I asked. "I thought it was $10."

He then informs me that this isn't the monthly 'open to the public' match, but an official IDPA sanctioned match. Of course, there is nothing about this on the match schedule on the website. I won't deny that there is a banner on the main page talking about the "Masters" match going on today, but I assumed it would be noted on the match schedule if something had changed about the the regular match. After all, THERE IS A FUCKING PLACE FOR MAKING SUCH NOTATIONS!

Anyway, I was invited to stay and watch but I declined. That would just be even more depressing. I feel like I just got stood up on a date I was really looking forward to going on.

I'm trying not to let this ruin my whole weekend, but this was my weekend. Now I just feel bummed.

Must see movie!

Law Abiding Citizen managed to be a great movie despite a Hollywood ending that made no sense. I recommend it.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I want to live on the moon.

NASA has confirmed that a significant amount of water has been found on the Moon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Interesting article on anti-Taliban Militias in Afghanistan

Spiegel has an article on what the German military is calling a 'troublesome' developement. As European and the US government fail to protect Afghan civilians they are picking up their AKs and doing it for themselves.

Troubling. How dare these third world savages defend themselves from atrocities? How DARE THEY?

Good-bye Ruger Mini-14.

I sold my Ruger Mini-14 today. It was a bittersweet parting. I had a lot of fun with that gun, but I'd moved up to better things. Still, I did like it, and it was always willing to give a good time.

I only sold it because I was having some financial difficulties and I needed cash quick. While it didn't bring as much as I would like it brought enough.


This was the first time I shot it at 100 yards. I managed to put 14 out of 20 rounds on paper with iron sights.






My friend Logan holding it the first time we shot together.



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Time to go.

Lou Dobbs, a newsman I have admired for a long time, is leaving CNN. I guess he finally decided it was time to GTFO. Good for him.

Damn it.

So I had to put over six hundred dollars worth of work into my car today. I didn't want to, but who ever does? My rear breaks crapped out a while back and I took too long to have them replaced. The result was I had to get new breaks, new roters, and new calipers.

I guess I deserve it for neglecting a necessary repair.

Still. Six hundred bucks. That's three months savings. That's a new gun. And that's one class I won't be able to pay for come January. Damn it.

Here's one to those who fight and faught!

Trolls are bowling in my dead

Ouch.

Trolls are bowling in my head.

Monday, November 9, 2009

U.L.U

I recieved my U.L.U. (Universal Locking Utility) knife this past weekend from Eagle River Knife Company. Sadly, it arrived after I had left for my camping trip so it has not been used in the field yet. However, I only purchased it because a man who I know would never buy a useless tool had one (and was using it as a putty knife!). If a knife can survive that man I'm sure it can handle me.

Here are a few pictures of this fine piece of craftsmanship.

In the traditional folding knife position:


Half open:


In the ULU position:

Reading habits.

A year or two ago I got into the habit of reading many books at once. The only thing it's accomplished to to slow down the pace of my reading. At least it seems that way to me.

I'm going back to reading one book at a time. At the moment I am 'reading' at least six books. I'm going to focus on finishing them up one at a time and moving on with my life.

The first I'll finish is The Fate of Africa.

Murphy hates me.

And because Murphy hates me he decided to break my brakes, and he had to do it after I spent a large amount of cash on new camping gear, fun stuff, etc. I have a reserve (only a fool doesn't!) but I don't like to use it.
This gets a woman a check on the 'Pro' side of the Pro/Con list in my book any day of the week.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Taking it to the next level.

I've been shooting since I was old enough to hold a gun. My only 'formal' training comes from a weekend shooting session when I was in the Boy Scouts eleven years ago. It's only in the last four or five years that I've become heavily interested in firearms and shooting, the result of reading John Ross's Unintended Consequences (a book that sat on my shelf for years before I finally cracked the cover).

Since reading that book I've been buying guns and shooting at every opportunity. However, until now I have never taken part in any formal shooting competitions or had any formal firearms training.

Next weekend that will be remedied.

Saturday November 14, I will compete in my first IDPA match at Brock's Gap Training Center, Inc.. I've been planning to do this for a while, and have written about it here before. Circumstances have prevented me from being able to do so until now. I am both nervous and excited. Reminds me of another 'first.' I hope I don't shake with as much nervousness Saturday as I did then!

Also, I am attempting to register for an NRA Basic Pistol First Steps course Saturday, November 21, with Alabama Firearms Training Services, L.L.C. I don't know if that will work out, but if it does it will be my first experience with formal firearms training. I'm a little skeptical about whether I need to start right at the newbie beginning, but I don't really have much choice (all the more advanced classes usually require that you've had First Steps) and I'm not going to skip ahead just because of what I think I already know.

I hope I can get into the class, but it is a little late notice. Then again, I don't know what the demand on their services is. If I can't get into this one my next chance will be a class in January. I'll go ahead and register for that class if can't get in the one coming up this weekend.

I plan to do an 'On The Range' devoted to the IDPA match. If I can get in the First Steps class I will also do one on that.

Looks like I may be in for a hell of a weekend. And hopefully a fun one, too.

Camping!

I went camping for the first time in a good long time this weekend. I camped on the Borden Creek Trail in the Sipsey Wilderness.

Here is my camp shortly after setting it up:




The view of the creek:


My camp at night:


After dining on filet mignon and wild rice I enjoyed a Oliva Serie V and a couple of Jack and Cokes:


Me enjoying a cup of hot chocolate this morning:


The camp after breakfast shortly before I packed up and headed home:


It was a really fun trip, and I will have to do it again as soon as possible if the weather allows. The only thing that could have made it better would have been some female companionship. Maybe next time.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Murphy, how I hate thee!

Murphy's Law is in full swing at work today. Usually Friday is our day to have a good lunch out, but stupidity keeps piling up and McDonald's is looking more and more likely.

"Only the police and the military should have firearms" Epic Fail

Tam said it better than I could have at VFTP.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My tent arrived...

But I still don't have it. My brother's girlfriend was nice enough to meet the UPS delivery driver and get it for me. And instead of leaving it on my back porch where I would find it when I got home she took it next door with her and promptly forgot about it. Since I paid for two day shipping I tracked it since I was expecting it today. I saw that it was delivered to an adult female and put two and two together to get four.

Now I won't be able to get it until tomorrow (they don't live next door yet, they're just getting the place cleaned up and I don't have a key). I pretty annoyed about that, but they know that from now on they are to leave things like that on my back porch.

Some people should be retroactively aborted.

This is what happens when you don't deal with a rapist properly.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Interesing, and troublesome.

I ran across an add in S.W.A.T magazine that said, "We will NOT obey any order to disarm the American people."

Below that statement was this web address: www.oathkeepers.org

I find it interesting that such a group exists and that they are making a point to say that they will not obey orders that are unconstitutional, and that they are taking the further step of making it clear the kinds of orders they mean. It makes me hopeful that people are aware of the dangers that are all around us if we let down our guard.

I find it troublesome that such a group exists even though I think it is a good thing. I also worry how attaching oneself to this organization could hurt one's career as I'm sure it is viewed by most as a dangerous 'radical' group looking for an excuse, any excuse, to rid themselves of the restraint of civilization or 'necessary' infrigements of freedom that 'the common welfare' requires.

Most will shrug off this group's concerns: of course no one will obey an unconstitutional order! And after all, if the executive gives it, the legislative permits it, and the judicial says it's 'ok,' then it's constitutional, right?

Push comes to shove, most people will use whatever rational they can to avoid a fight no matter how right or just the fight may be. That's because they fear losing the fight, or more exactly they fear the consequences of losing the fight. To most people slavery is better than the risk of prison with real criminals and death.

Life is good.

I've been thinking a lot lately. I'm always thinking a lot. Sometimes I think maybe I do too much thinking. Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that life is good.

However, there is a but.

But things are missing. I need to find those things.

Sling Mount

I recieved my sling mount from Urban-E.R.T. Slings today. It went right on and seems to hold well. The real test will come when my sling comes in but so far I am pleased with it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

As promised, Halloween pictures!


Me in my costume as #47 from "Hitman."


My friend John as John McClane, his wife Jennifer as a Warrior Princess, Me as #47 from "Hitman," and our friend Doyle as a Kentucky Fried Zombie.


A group picture. We always seem to end up in the kitchen.


Me and my friend Adrian


Me and my friend Doyle


Me and my best friend's wife, Jennifer.

Last night went well...


The proof is in the dizzy feeling that I get when I stand up. I made it home a little after four this morning when most of the effects of large bottle of Gentleman Jack I helped a friend dispose of wore off.

No real hangover, I never really have one of those. Just tired from lack of sleep and a little wozy from the Jack still in my system. Actually kind of hungry, but the last thing I want to do is cook. Besides, I have no breakfast meat.

My costume went over really well. Almost everybody 'got' it. It seemed to be the general consensus that it was one of the best of the night. Hopefully I'll have more than the terrible quality iPhone picture you see above soon. I didn't have my camera so I have to wait on my friend's wife to put the pictures up online or email them to me.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to everyone! This is one of my favorite holidays, and I always go to a costume party hosted by a good friend that has been a lot of fun in years past. I have no doubt that it will be just as fun this year. I'm going as #47 from the movies/games Hitman. Hopefully there will be pictures soon.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Gearing Up

Since I sold my car I decided to use a bit of the money to shorten my 'Wants List.'

I bought a little over 300 rounds of .45 ACP and 150 rounds of .223. I picked up another PMAG (bringing my total to five) for my M&P15, and a cheap holster to keep my .357 in. Also for the M&P I bought a offset flashlight mount made by Daniel Defense, an ambi sling mount that requires no tools to put on, and a Magpul sling.

I also dropped some bucks on new camping gear. The first thing I replaced was my heavy Coleman tent with a Eureka Solo Backcountry. I picked up a Therm-A-Rest sleeping mat. I'm told they are a gift from the gods for camping, and after laying on one that was itself on top of gravel, I believe it. I also bought an MSR Pocket Rocket camp stove. I've never used one of these thing before, but I'm told they're great too.

Next on my list are a couple of items made by Snow Peak: a 3-piece Titanium Cook Set and a Titanium Fork and Spoon Set. I'll probably order these when I get my next pay check so I won't be taking them on my camping trip next weekend (assuming weather cooperates).

I also ordered this, with a black handle:



One of the contractors my company does work for is a big outdoorsman. He spends a lot of his free time mining gold in Alaska. On his last trip up there he picked up one of these knives, called the ULU (universal locking utility folder) from Eagle River Knife Company. He'd had it for a while and it seemed to be holding up well (he's hell on tools...at the time he was showing it to me he was using it as a putty knife!). I figured if it survived John Trott, it would survive anything.

Next week should be a happy one for me with all the cool shit that should be coming my way in the mail.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Feeling a little heart broken...


I just sold my 1965 Ford Mustang. I had wanted so badly to put the time and money it needed into it, but I just couldn't. I'm sad to see it go, but I like the guy I sold it too. I think he'll give it the TLC it needs, and because of that I cut him a pretty good deal.

Still, I'm going to miss it. It was the car I first drove to high school. I really loved it, and spent a lot of time looking at it while seeing myself cruise down the road in it.

Maybe one I'll be able to live my dream in another of those beautiful cars.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I don't hate cleaning guns...

But it's not my favorite chore, either. The worst is when I don't clean one right after I shoot it. If it's a gun I don't use often, I may not clean it for a good long while. Which means, of course, that when I do finally sit down to it I spend a hell of a lot longer doing the cleaning.

Today I'm going to cleaning my Raptor which I shot yesterday, my Mini-14 which I last shot sometime before I bought my M&P15, and my Rossi .357 which I shot...mmm...yeah.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

On The Range #1: The Mozambique Drill

Today my shooting was restricted primarily to the Mozambique Drill (also called the Failure Drill). For those unfamiliar with it, this drill involves a double tap to center mass after which you assess your target, and if you find the double tap inadequate you follow up with a well aimed shot to the head. The gun I shot was my Kimber Ultra Raptor II pistol.

I was limited to under a hundred rounds so I figured this would be a good drill to help me practice double taps and head shots. My first fifty rounds were Federal FMJ target rounds.

It quickly became apparent that I am not that good at this drill. My double taps, while not great, were mostly center mass. They could improve, and I will practice to do so, but I consider them acceptable.

My head shots were atrocious. They were all on target, but mostly in the chest and occasionally in the shoulder area. My shots were going low.

I've noticed this every time I shoot. All of my shots tend to go low, and it is worse when I shoot +P ammunition. The only solution I have is to compensate by aiming high.

I fired a few magazines in order to get an idea of how low I was shooting. The ball park figure is six to eight inches low with FMJ target rounds, and ten to twelve inches low with JHP +P rounds.

After I determined where I needed to aim I did a test run of strictly head shots. I determined that I am capable of making well aimed head shots as the Mozambique Drill requires (I hit 7 out of 8).

I switched back to the Mozambique Drill and found that all shots improved, but my head hits were still minimal. I was almost there, but not quite.

I continued to practice, and shot from various angles: straight on, far right, far left. When I was out of FMJ target rounds I switched to JHP +P rounds.

First I shot with Speer Gold Dot. It's not the greatest round for me, which is why I had extra. I did the drill from various angles again with the same results. Most of my shots were low. Very few head hits (though the misses usually ended up in the high chest area).

When I was out of Gold Dot I switched to my favorite .45 ACP round, Hornady TAP. The results improved slightly (tighter groups), but were again low (even though I was trying to compensate).

I am of the opinion that this particular drill is tough. I shoot low (whether it's me, the gun, or something else I don't know). When I compensate for that I can make good head shots. I just can't seem to do it all that often after making a center mass double tap.

I want to practice this drill more. It really challenges me, and that is what I need to do to improve my shooting skills.

New: On The Range

Anyone who actually reads my blog knows that I do a little segment called "Robert's Picks." This is post that includes books I'm reading or recently read, DVDs I've watched, movies I've seen, and music I'm listening too. I do a new one as regularly as my reading allows.

I've decided to start a new semi-regular segment called "On The Range." It will be an examination of my range practice. I'm hoping that by doing this I'll be able to really see where I need to improve and focus on that. It will also allow others to see how I go about develping myself as a shooter and hopefully it will be of some help to them in the development of their own skills.

The first "On The Range" will focus on the my first experience with the Mozambique Drill.

Making targets...

SUCKS!

But it's better than buying them, especially when you'd rather spend your money on other goodies.

I think I'm going to do some Mozambique drills today. I really don't have a lot of ammo and it's something I don't do often. It'll help me practice my double taps AND headshots all in one.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

An excellent documentary on mercenaries...

I just finished watching Shadow Company. I think is an excellent examination of the mercenary/soldier of fortune/private security contractor in the modern age (specifically in Iraq, but Africa is mentioned more than once).

It was suprisingly one of the most balanced documentaries I've seen. Both sides of the issue were covered and discussed. It left the viewer to answer whether mercenary companies are a good thing or a bad thing.

I really liked it, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject.

I hiked!

I actually got off my ass and did it. I hiked the Borden Creek Trail in the Sipsey Wilderness today. Went there and back on the trail in under three hours. Spotted a couple of places where I'd love to camp. Hopefully I'll be doing that sometime in the near future, along with hiking more trails.

I took some pictures during my hike. Hope you enjoy!

















Friday, October 23, 2009

You can't carry a gun on our trains...

because we don't have the ability to check and see if you're carrying a gun on our trains.

Bright and early...

I'll be heading to the Sipsey Wilderness to do some hiking. My plan is to get up early, have a good breakfast, visit with a friend for a little bit at her job, and then head up north. I'm going to hike the Borden Creek Trail.

I've set a goal of hiking all of the trails at Sipsey before next summer. I don't think it will be a hard one to reach.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Playing in insulation is so fun...

Not!! I spent most of the day getting covered in insulation while changing light fixtures in this outdoors distributer. Since I didn't get much sleep I was in a piss poor mood all day. I still don't feel great.

I'm going to bed early tonight. I've got to be at work by six. We're going to start early. Hopefully tomorrow won't be so bad. At least it's Friday.

It's 3:45AM and someone is pounding on your back door...

What do you do?

I stalked down the hall with a Smith M&P15 and flashlight in my birthday suit until I noticed a car with emergency flashers on across the road. Assertaining that this might be a legit knock I put on clothes and retrived my 1911 (holstered), my pepper spray, and light and took a gander out the back door (you have to knock there because of an electrified fence surrounding the front, not to mention the new dogs). Nothing.

Went out front where the animals were going a little nutty from someone walking around in the dark and flashlighted some dude outside my fence. Idiot was out of gas and had a dead cellphone battery. He was on his way home from work.

I let him use my phone to call his wife. No dice. She's one of those idiots who get random calls all hours of the night and so turns the phone off so she can't respond to emergencies. Dumb ass.

I told him a phone call was the best I could do that early in the morning. I was not giving this person a ride, even if it was ONLY ten miles away. He decided to try his grandparents and got an answer (normal people who know emergencies happen). Now grandaddy is on his way, I'm wide awake and short on sleep, and this chump is stuck sitting in his truck.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Awesomeness.

I recieved my Oakley Tacti-cool Gloves yesterday from Tactical Tailor. I really like them. This weekend I'll see if I can handle shooting my while wearing them. Did some dry fire practice with them yesterday and I think it'll be smooth sailing.

I also recieved a free hat from Kimber. I recently wrote them a letter telling them how much I like the my Ultra Raptor II. I'll wear the had proudly.

I'm thinking of going hiking in the Sipsey Wilderness this weekend. We'll see how that goes. Bills and all.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Writing.

I've wanted to get back into writing for a while now, and I took my first steps into that today. I had this really good idea a while back, and wrote a pretty detailed partial outline and about three chapters. I just finished getting those and the beginnings of the fourth typed up and printed out. I'm going to do a little editing and just get myself back into the groove of this story and see what happens.

Wish me luck.

Writing.

I've wanted to get back into writing for a while now, and I took my first steps into that today. I had this really good idea a while back, and wrote a pretty detailed partial outline and about three chapters. I just finished getting those and the beginnings of the fourth typed up and printed out. I'm going to do a little editing and just get myself back into the groove of this story and see what happens.

Wish me luck.

The high today is 57 degrees.

I love it! I enjoy cold weather. It's perfect for camping with a big fire (and no bugs!). I get to wear all of my favorite clothes, like my kick ass leather jacket.

I'm looking forward to this winter...except I need a good heater for my trailer.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Meet Sam.



Sam is my new puppy. She's a five month old German Shepherd. Her previous owners couldn't keep her any more. They didn't feel they had the time to give her the right amount of attention so they gave her to me for free, with papers.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Stuff

I recieved my knee pads from BLACKHAWK! today. I picked them up for ten bucks on sale, so I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, and they don't appear to be. I tried them on, and I'm not sure they're even wearable. A few movements left me doubtful of their usability. I'll try them out this weekend and see what's what.

I also ordered these today:



They're Oakley SI Assault Gloves. They cost more than five times as much as the knee pads, and they had damned well better live up to the price as I've been unimpressed with the durability of my Oakley sunglasses (the paint has been peeling off the frames). My intention is to use them when shooting. I've seen them around, most recently in this picture (from this article):



The gun in the picture is the Remington ACR, which I have recently fallen madly in love with. Unfortunately, it is only available to the military at the moment. However, there is hope that it will soon be available in a civilian model. I might be able to afford it one day if that is the case.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Robert's Picks

I am reading, have read:



Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

When The Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith (good)

Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein (good)

For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs by Robert A. Heinlein

Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon (excellent)

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (excellent)

I'm watching:

Band of Brothers (excellent)

Deadwood: Season 2 (very good)

Dexter: Season 1 (good)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Big day ahead.

Tomorrow I've got a big day ahead of me. There is a lot to do.

First, I'm going to upgrade my fuse box into a modern circuit break panel. It's not really a complicated process, but it will be the first time I've done it on my own. Luckily it's a small job compared to the others I've worked on.

After that I plan on doing some shooting. Not much, as I don't have all that much ammo. I'm going to try speed shooting some ballons just for the fun of it.

Next, I'm going on a hike back behind where I live. I want to scout out a location to place a tree stand and also some places for camping. And it wouldn't hurt me to get a little of the led out. I've been talking about losing some weight. It's time I got some good exercise.

Feeling a little nostalgic.

You know, I sometimes can't help but think of the good times from the past. I wish I could relive them sometimes. But I know I have to work to have more good times in the future, rather than focus on what is long gone.

Still, they're pleasant thoughts.

The price of ammo is killing me.

For the first time in months I was able to find a couple of boxes of Hornady TAP .45 ACP +P ammo, so of course I had to buy it. It's what works best in my gun, and what I've been carrying lately (while good) isn't good enough. My life might depend on this stuff, after all. Still, damn near sixty bucks for forty rounds is not my idea of a small expense. Worth it though.

I also ordered some knee pads that I've wanted for a while. They were on sale. Hopefully I'll be adding elbow pads soon. It should make more active shooting practice easier.

Monday, October 5, 2009

My next tattoo.



This is inspired by two others I just saw tonight. I already have ideas for a number of tattoos, but this hit me as something I would definitely like to have. For one, it will add balance for what I want to do later. It also is a perfect representation of my beliefs.

I'd like to get it on my right upper arm in the same position as the tattoo I have on my left upper arm. Below these I want red arrows, pointing forward (to remind me to always keep moving forward, inspired by tattoos on the character Joe Pike in Robert Crais' Elvis Cole novels.

I'm slow to decide on a tattoo idea. After all, they ARE forever for the most part. It took me over a year to get my first, and I've been kicking around the arrows for a couple of years now. Most of my hesitation has been the lack of balance. Now I have the perfect balance.

I don't know when, but these I will be getting.

These were inspired by the two tattoos I saw here and here.